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D.C. Community Makes Kaheem’s Wish Come True

Kaheem wished to be a superhero Stacey Flint Photography

From Social Workers to First Responders, D.C. Residents Make Kaheem’s Wish Come True

Sometimes, superheroes hide in plain sight. Even the most-famous of them barely conceals his true identity (putting on glasses and pretending to be a newspaper reporter doesn’t fool many people, especially not evil geniuses).

Super Kaheem fits that mold. His real name is even part of his superhero identity and his mild-mannered kindergarten alter-ego. Of course, if you’re as powerful as Super Kaheem, you don’t really need to hide your identity from evil-doers and their minions. Before he discovered his super powers and was known simply as Kaheem, he faced a terrible, implacable, uncaring foe that has disrupted the lives of millions of people around the world: cancer.

Next to cancer, the criminals responsible for a mysterious crime wave in Washington, D.C., were less-intimidating to Super Kaheem. With help from a council of superheroes, he tackled an array of missions using super powers he gained from drinking a mysterious potion. Santa Claus is stuck on a Ferris wheel? Super Kaheem soon had him free and ready to bring presents to children across the globe. There’s a flag missing from the Capitol? Super Kaheem soon recovered it from the clutches of evil. Sports mascots tied up at the Newseum? Super Kaheem saved the day for them, too.

Granting Kaheem’s wish involved hundreds of caring people in Washington, D.C. Starting with the hospital social worker who referred Kaheem for a wish to the first responders who volunteered their time, members of the community came together to make a lasting, meaningful change in his life. Friends and neighbors had a great time bonding over their shared experience making a wish come true.

So even though everyone clearly knows Super Kaheem’s real identity, the forces of darkness have no power over him. He united his community and shared the encouragement and renewal of his wish with everyone who was part of the experience. And no villain can withstand a superpower like that.

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KAHEEM'S WISH AT A GLANCE

  • Referred for a wish by a hospital social worker
  • Superhero toys and movies distracted him during treatments
  • Told wish granters he admired first responders and others who help
  • Gained his powers by drinking a mysterious potion
  • Rescued Santa Claus, recovered a missing U.S. flag, aided captured sports mascots
  • Received his own Super Kaheem action figure
  • Firefighters, actors, government officials and others stepped up to grant Kaheem’s wish

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Make-A-Wish accepts referrals from:

  • Children being treated for a life-threatening medical condition
  • Parents or legal guardians
  • Medical professionals (typically a doctor, nurse, social worker or child-life specialist)
  • Family members with detailed knowledge of the child's medical condition

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